I need to insert in the boilerplate page a barcode for the user guide.
I see there's an option to insert QR codes, but don't see any for barcodes.
How is this done?
All advice greatly welcome!
I suspect you'd have to generate the bar code and save an image of it to be used in FM.
I have done this with ExtendScript. In general the process is as follows:
Some barcodes function in different ways depending on the start symbol's value.
I use qrstuff.com for free barcode generation, and for qr codes beyond what you can do with Fm
Thank you all for your helpful input.
I checked out Lynne's tip on barcode fonts and created a character tag that was based on a free barcode font, but as the resulting barcode looked different than what an online barcode generator issued, decided not to spend more time researching this and opted for Jeff's idea of importing a generated barcode as an image.
Was very pleased that FM 2015 supports SVG imports as the imported barcode file retains the vector sharpness.
This site provides SVG downloads: Free Barcode Generator - Create barcodes here for anybody who will refer to this post in the future.
Appreciate the quick responses and great ideas!
Just for information, the reason that you can't just format the barcode's value directly by applying the correct font is because of the special control characters that have to be generated to validate the encoding. That's the tricky part - step 4 in my previous response.
Some may ask why go to the effort of generating the barcodes in FrameMaker. In some cases it's essential, the FrameMaker document could be generated from a database or directly from XML. In those cases the formatting has to be ready to use and a manual barcode graphic generation step would be very inefficient.
That's very good to know Ian.